New car - colour - wjh
OK so think now have decided that car will be new Octavia 1.6FSI Ambiente Tiptronic Estate with a couple of options one of which will be front fog lamps. (if anyone has any suggestions for this choice, or thinks that it is not good, say now!)

Only query is the colour. Quite keen on highland green (see skoda website) but have heard rumours that a green car will hurt resale values. Think the blue that they are offering is perhaps not quite dark enough for taste and that would leave us with greys/silvers which would be ok I guess but are a bit boring.

Any suggestions? What would be the safest colour to go for?
New car - colour - steveb
Personally I would never let the colour resale value influence me. Personal preference first, then cosmetic resistance to dirt, scratches, stonechips etc after. Some colours esp light metallics cover up everyday wear and tear better than dark colours. Especially those with a light primer colour which can show through more obviously on dark colours.

Steve
New car - colour - bell boy
as said its a new car so dont let us tell you the colour thats part of the reason in buying it ,surely?
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New car - colour - Galaxy
Speaking for myself, I would never have a green car, new or used.

Green cars are unlucky! When I hired a car a few years ago I actually told the hire company that I wanted a Mondeo and asked what colour would it be, as it could be any colour except green!

I think they must have fallen about laughing but I was given a nice dark blue one, so I got what I wanted.
New car - colour - Stuartli
Whatever the colour choice, certainly not white...:-)
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New car - colour - PhilW
I'm sure that Adam would back me in recommending a nice gold colour! (OK, beige if you go by my V5)
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New car - colour - Stuartli
|>>in recommending a nice gold colour!>>

..and the Focus or Mondeo TDCI to go with it no doubt.....:-)
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New car - colour - blue_haddock
My last 3 cars have all been green and all by choice - if you like it go for it.
New car - colour - Avant
Are there just a few hints that white is making a comeback?

On another thread Alijazz is totally in love with her new white Suzuki Swift; and one of the motoring magazines has a white Golf GTI on long-term test, and its keeper thinks it looks good.

I've been told on the last few occasions I've bought a car that white is a real clunker and lowers the resale value appreciably.

But fashions change - here's hoping that the idiotic, and potentially dangerous, craze for cutting down the glass area in new cars is a passing fad.
New car - colour - Adam {P}
I'd go for a nice gold if I were you.
New car - colour - Stuartli
>>I'd go for a nice gold if I were you.>>

Well it made me chuckle...:-)
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New car - colour - Adam {P}
I was being serious!

:-)
New car - colour - Stuartli
>>I was being serious! >>

I know.

That's why it made me chuckle.
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New car - colour - PhilW
Didn't make me chuckle - I was nodding in agreement!
Gold seems to get the vote so far - unless you think differently!!
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New car - colour - L'escargot
Choose a nice bright colour ~ one that really stands out ~ even if it's not your favourite. Choose one that can be easily seen in poor light or in car parks. Make this the major deciding factor. Otherwise you run a greater risk of accident damage. I learned the hard way!
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New car - colour - blue_haddock
I'd go for a nice gold if I were you.


And if i were you Adam i'd get my eyes checked!
New car - colour - L'escargot
>> I'd go for a nice gold if I were you.


Metallic gold is the hardest colour of any to match. Avoid it like the plague. Metallic gold, Adamski? Bleugh!
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New car - colour - Mapmaker
Gold wheels with a blue car.
New car - colour - daveyjp
I would avoid green, not a popular colour. When I was looking for an A2 the Pine Green one was £500 less than the black one - it hung around for months.

As for your options - why front fog lights? In 20 years of driving I have used them only a couple of times, my current car doesn't have them and I put the money in to something more useful - reverse parking sensors. They are used many times on a daily basis and have been useful far more than front fogs would ever be. If the car you have chosen doesn't have them I'd reconsider.
New car - colour - L'escargot
As for your options - why front fog lights?


Front fog lights are cool ~ right, Adamski?
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New car - colour - Stuartli
>>I would avoid green, not a popular colour>>

I think this is due to the (myth?) that green is unlucky.

However, I've owned green cars and never worried about it, merely ensured that it was a darker green.

The Mondeo of the early 2000s used to available in a very pleasant darkish green and there are many other examples.

But I wouldn't like a light or garish green...:-)
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New car - colour - Altea Ego
Green sucks. Unless its Metalic BRG.

Reds are good, silvers while common look smart, metalic greys are nice, Metalic Black when clean can not be beaten, yellow is for girlies and woolly wooftas and no! white is not making a comeback.

However the key is to find a car of the make you want and check them out. Look for where the car has been scratched. Too many have a light undercoat that sticks out like a sore thumb if the top coat gets scratched.
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New car - colour - Stuartli
Green sucks>>


Only in your view...:-)
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New car - colour - Altea Ego
Indeed, in my view most greens look like my dog has vomited over them after pigging out on grass.
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New car - colour - Gromit {P}
OK, I may be thrown out of the Back Room for this, but gold on an Octavia isn't that bad.

What?!?

No, not that gold they put on Focus saloons, but rather the champagne colour VAG offer on Octavias and Passats. It suits the Octavias I've seen in it quite well, and goes well with the otherwise dark-looking interior.

I'd be wary of bright red - it often fades unevenly with time. You often see older Golfs and Audi A4s with bleached out roofs or side panels.

White and dark blue are probably out because, as always, they suggest an auctioned-off ambulance or police car.

Other than that, pick what you like best - colour doesn't stop second-hand Octavia estates shifting off the local Skoda dealer's forecourt as quick as he can get them.
New car - colour - Stuartli
but rather the champagne colour VAG offer on Octavias and Passats.>>


I've occasionally seen some Golfs and Boras in a champagne type colour. It's unusual.

One of the most attractive colours for a vehicle I've seen was the "strawberry" type red that Mercedes used on the S-Class about three years ago - can't remember the colour name.

Worst was the lime green type used on Seat Leons, again about three years ago.
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New car - colour - NARU
As for your options - why front fog lights?


Save your money! I haven't used mine more than twice in the last 10 years.
New car - colour - oldgit
Colour is a very personal choice. Nowadays I would never choose solid or signal colours as I much prefer metallics (not pearlescent finishes) despite some greater difficulty in colour matching, after damage etc.

I, like the majority of people today, don't or cannot garage my car and so I always choose light metallic colours (my favourite being the ubiquitous 'silver') a colour of which I never tire . It always looks fresh and fairly clean despite being dirty or dusty. Conversely it never looks highly glossy!

I wouldn't choose dark blue or reds unless I had some skivvy to do my car cleaning for me or the car spent most of its time in a garage.

Nowadays there seems, again, to be a fad for black cars which for me is a no-no that is unless one lived, say, in California where the weather seems kinder to dark cars.

I've only once had a green car and that was a 'leaf green' MK1 Austin Healey Sprite way back in 1959.
New car - colour - Adam {P}
Like I said - Gold! I'm not on about the really strong yellow type gold - but the nice pale, almost champagne like gold.

And yes - front fogs are cool. Just remember to put them on all the time otherwise they're a waste of money!
New car - colour - Marc
Personally I would go for the Flamenco red met, Sahara gold or Black magic. They seem the nicest colours to me on this car. I wouldn't bother with front fogs unless I was getting them for free. They're something you hardly ever need. However, if I was getting some free accessories thrown in I'd go for mats, flaps or parking sensors.

The Ambiente seems well equipped as it is.
New car - colour - Vansboy
Do they let you 'build' a car on the Skoda site?

Sometimes the different trim/paint options make it look right - or a mistake, by doing it this way.

But nothing beats seeing the colour in the metal.

& as mentioned, have what YOU want!!

But then again, I like yellow cars!!

VB
New car - colour - madf
Silver is so common (12 cars all together in Local Morrisons car park in Congleton - all silver).

I like green except bright green. BRG is nice. Dark metallic green is boring - reminiscent of mid 19990 Citroens .

Yellow is a nono as is bright gold - for extroverts deprived of good taste at birth and aesthetically challened imo:-)

Black is IMPOSSIBLE to keep clean .. lovely when it is.

Blues are nice. Red is painful and fades.

A well polished and looke dafter white (no rust stains) is acceptable but resale likely to be poor (Ford Diamond White is nice)

Metallic gray looks very distinguished.. easy to clean and different without being in your face..

But all a matter of my taste..

Go to a delaers and look at the colours of the second hand cars to see how they look after 2-3 years.. by far the best way imo.

madf
New car - colour - Adam {P}
That's the nicest way anyone's ever called me ugly before.
New car - colour - Stuartli
>>Silver is so common >>

My current and last car both silver. Smart and stays looking smart for longer.

Also recently revealed that you were least likely to be involved in an accidents in a silver car (i.e. quicker to spot, so safest), a role that used to be held by yellow models (your No No!)

It's all personal taste. My missus and her friends love a local Honda Civic in pink - to me it's hideous.
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New car - colour - Adam {P}
But if it's gold it's less likely to be pinched by the tasteless scumbags of society.

Swings and roundabouts.
New car - colour - Altea Ego
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New car - colour - Stuartli
>>But if it's gold it's less likely to be pinched by the tasteless scumbags of society.>>

So they do have standards of taste then, despite being toe rags?
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New car - colour - madf
Scumbags would not be seen dead in a gold car: they have bnetter taste:-)
madf
New car - colour - Lud
Two posts have said that green is an unlucky or 'unpopular' colour. The British motor racing colour in the days when there were national colours. When I was a small child I had a green pedal car and always wanted to have a green car when I grew up. Never have had one though, and when I was minicabbing learned from colleagues that green motors were considered unlucky. One country boy with a green metallic Vauxhall VX490 did in fact come to grief doing his usual 80mph down Lavender Hill one day, and was never seen again (not dead, just out of it for a while, motorless and quite possibly banned). However I couldn't see what the colour of his car had had to do with it.
New car - colour - Peter S
Two posts have said that green is an unlucky or 'unpopular'
colour.


No one seems to have told the people at the Foxtons chain of estate agents, who have a fleet of just under 500 green MINIs (albeit camouflaged somewhat by all the logos etc!!). Pale metallic green/silver green/grey green seems to be acceptable as well, as quite a few models are available in this sort of colour, and I see them fairly often (Jag S Type, Scenic/Megane II, previous generation BMW 3 and 5s, Volvos, even Mondeos) Never had a green car myself; not because of the fear of it being unlucky though...

Peter
New car - colour - AlanGowdy
I once bought a new Audi 80 in a dreary solid green simply because the price was right (a cancelled order). At that time, mid 1970's, green cars were rare as hen's teeth. Some modern metallic greens are nice though.

I'd not happily buy a car in a non-colour (white, black or silver) because I regard them as way too boring and commonplace to contemplate, regardless of how the market views them. The only exception might be if they were as much a bargain as that Audi was.

Mind you, when driving a car you can't see what colour it is anyway.
New car - colour - AlastairW
Despite what some say, solid reds don't fade like they used to. The worst case I ever saw was on a colleagues M reg Carina E, but that was over ten years old. No fade so far on my 6 year old Focus - and yes I do park it outside.
I do agree that silver is dullsville though - my kids call it metallic grey.
New car - colour - PhilW
"solid reds don't fade like they used to."
I used to think "Faded Red" was a factory option on Cit BXs
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New car - colour - madf
My views on silver are coloured by the fact that when SWBO bought her Peugeot 106, it was in silver and that was a rare colour in 1993.

Now it's a "me too, you as well?" colour .

Of course , dullness and conformity is what some people aspire to:-)
madf
New car - colour - Adam {P}
Gold.
New car - colour - Altea Ego
Silver and light greys may well be "me too" and "common" and anonymous, but
They look smart and suit most cars, and they hide dirt most of the time.
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New car - colour - Lud
Totally agree TVM. Call it what you like, silver dark or light is a great colour for cars. They're made of metal aren't they? And what colour is that, when not yet corroded?
New car - colour - Lud
And don't say gold Adam. Only brass and bronze and gold and sodium for a few seconds are that sort of colour. Mere bling.
New car - colour - Union Jack
Well said TVM and Lud - Silver and light grey metallics look particularly well on cars with alloy wheels and black/dechromed trim, so that the two predominant colours of black and silver/grey create an overall very smart on-road presence.

I did a brisk 150 miles in the rain yesterday in what started as a very clean car and, despite travelling on mainly country back roads across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset, ended up a a very clean-looking car that only needed a quick chamois-leather job before being put to bed. As I said on the forum some while back, you only ever have one black car - Model T drivers excepted I suppose!

Jack

New car - colour - AlanGowdy
I'm afraid I view silver as boring to the nth degree. Paint manufacturers can produce any colour you like, but why bother when most people buy silver? I once had a silver Mazda, bought partly because of relative rarity as much as anything. Now the colour is common as muck I prefer to go for something a little more distinctive.
New car - colour - madf
It's quite simple. Silver gold and copper colours are favoured by chavs.
The bling culture.

As proved by several posters on this thread:-)

Metallic gunmetal is far more pleasing and less chavian.
madf
New car - colour - Lud
Metallic gunmetal is far more pleasing and less chavian.
madf


Metallic gunmetal = dark silver?

This thread proves that people have favourite colours for cars. We knew that already.
New car - colour - Tornadorot
Metallic gunmetal is far more pleasing and less chavian.
madf


However, it must be the least visible car colour around, especially in urban environments. Also, from its increasing popularity, I fear gunmetal may be the new silver soon 8-)
New car - colour - madf
Last visible is good. Fewer lowlives wanttostealit.
madf
New car - colour - madf
Sorry .. Last = least
madf
New car - colour - Stuartli
Fewer lowlives wanttostealit.>>


Would have thought it would be the opposite.

Least visible, further away you can get...:-)

Especially if it's a very popular model.
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New car - colour - Union Jack
"Now the colour is common as muck "

Alan - One of the main points of my post was that, precisely because the car is silver, there was NO discernible muck!

Anyway, I have just remembered that my XK is platinum, not silver, so maybe just a little more distinctive, and definitely not as common as muck. After all, imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery ....

Jack
New car - colour - AlanGowdy
Hi Union Jack,

Not literal muck! I just view all silvers - whether pale 'platinums' or dark 'gunmetals' as bland and uninteresting. Give me a nice metallic red or blue any day.
New car - colour - Union Jack
"Give me a nice metallic red"

Like my bride's estate, and very nice too. They scrub up very well - both of them! No offence taken of course.

Jack
New car - colour - expat
"Nowadays there seems, again, to be a fad for black cars which for me is a no-no that is unless one lived, say, in California where the weather seems kinder to dark cars."
You don't want a black car in a hot climate like California. Leave it a few hour in the sun and it would be like getting into an oven! It might be alright in the UK though where it seldom gets warm far less hot :-))
New car - colour - L'escargot
Having looked at the manufacturers' advertisements in the May edition of What Car? magazine I think solid red may be the in colour for this year. Manufacturers usually advertise their cars in the colour which they thinks looks best.

(If I'm right I'm ahead of the game!)
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New car - colour - FP
This morning I followed a new Ford Focus which was a sort of s***y orange. I could hardly believe what I was looking at. It looked truly awful. I can only describe it as vile.
New car - colour - FP
I see the censor has been at work. I did not put what you may assume I put. The word I put was s p i c y.
New car - colour - Adam {P}
Yeah - a hideous car covered in an even more hideous colour. Imagine when the road is flooded with them!

With regards to the word s p i c e, it's a swear word in ancient Sumerian apparently.
New car - colour - L'escargot
Yeah - a hideous car ......


Wash your mouth out, Adamski!
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New car - colour - Adam {P}
Don't tell me you're going to buy one Snaily.
New car - colour - Lud
Isn't that carpy orange reserved for the decent Focus?
New car - colour - Adam {P}
You mean the ugly Focus with the bodykit and Volvo engine?
New car - colour - Lud
Yup, that's the one I think. Might not the body kit be removable?
New car - colour - Adam {P}
The bodykit's the best thing about it cosmetically. That doesn't say much though.
New car - colour - Lud
There's a girly-pink metallic Honda for sale in the classifieds. Now that's a nice colour for yr Ford-Volvo mongrel road rocket eh Adam?
New car - colour - Adam {P}
I'll pass thanks.
New car - colour - L'escargot
The bodykit's the best thing about it cosmetically. That doesn't say
much though.


'Scuse me Adamski? I thought you had a Focus. Oh, sorry, I remember now. It's not a real Focus, because it's got a boot!
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New car - colour - Adam {P}
Worry not good sir although I fear it's you that needs to be excused for we both own the nice (Mk 1) Focus and not the hideous Mk2 Focus which is what we're all on about ;-)
New car - colour - Stuartli
>>not the hideous Mk2 Focus>>

I also much prefer the original Focus but, in fairness, the new model does deliver the impression of purpose and solidity when viewed side on.

Unfortunately from other angles.......:-)
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